Resource Discovery: Videos on Traumatic Brain Injury

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT In previous posts we’ve discussed research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a condition affecting many military service personnel and their families. Today’s Resource Discovery features a website housing a series of videos and other information about Traumatic Brain Injury, specifically for those affiliated with the military. Those that explore these videos can gain insight not only into the signs and symptoms of TBI, but also common treatment approaches, strategies for prevention and coping for individuals and family members affected by this condition. Click here to explore these resources! working with military families can refer families struggling with TBI to this site or use it to gain an in depth understanding of how this condition affects military personnel.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT, Social Media Specialist, a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Families at the Center: Exploring Family-Centered Practices in Early Childhood Services

first_imgFamily capacity-building practices: Practices that include the participatory opportunities and experiences afforded to families to strengthen existing parenting knowledge and skills and promote the development of new parenting abilities that enhance parenting self-efficacy beliefs and practices. By Jenna Weglarz-WardCreative Commons Licensing, [Flickr, Military Parents Participate in Child Find by US Army Garrison Red Cloud]In 2016, the FDEI team will be focusing on promoting family-centered practices in early childhood services.According to the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children’s most recent edition of the recommended practices:Family practices refer to ongoing activities that(1) promote the active participation of families in decision-making related to their child (e.g., assessment, planning, intervention);(2) lead to the development of a service plan (e.g., a set of goals for the family and child and the services and supports to achieve those goals); or(3) support families in achieving the goals they hold for their child and the other family members.Family practices encompass three themes:Family-centered practices: Practices that treat families with dignity and respect; are individualized, flexible, and responsive to each family’s unique circumstances; provide family members complete and unbiased information to make informed decisions; and involve family members in acting on choices to strengthen child, parent, and family functioning. Family and professional collaboration: Practices that build relationships between families and professionals who work together to achieve mutually agreed upon outcomes and goals that promote family competencies and support the development of the child. (p.9)As families have the most influence on their child’s development, it is important for professionals to support families’ confidence and competence in supporting their child’s growth and learning. Therefore, professionals need to develop skills not only in child directed intervention strategies but also skills to help parents and other caregivers enhance with knowledge and ability to carryover intervention strategies into their daily routines.Carol Trivette from East Tennessee State University will be leading our linked-series of family-centered webinars to help unpack these recommended practices. Our first webinar on March 17, 2016 will focus on adult learning strategies. By learning evidence-based adult learning strategies, early childhood professionals are able to build families’ understanding, knowledge, and skills to support their child’s development.On March 17 we begin with an interactive session on the Participatory Adult Learning Strategy (PALS) model. During this time, we will discuss the different learning methods from introductory strategy to mastery using research, examples, and discussion. Then on March 30 we will host a Lunch & Learn. This interactive event will give you a chance to share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences related to the key points from our live webinar and how you’ve applied these points recently in your own practices.To register for our March 17 webinar, Principles of Adult Learning, click here.To find out more about our March 30 interactive Lunch & Learn, click here.We hope to see you at both events this month!This post was written by Jenna Weglarz-Ward & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

A Day to Remember and Honor our Veterans

first_imgOriginally intended to honor the veterans of World War 1, Armistice Day was established in November 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. Although the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 officially ending “The Great War,” fighting had ceased seven months prior when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved making the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily dedicated to veterans of World War 1, however in 1954 following World War II the Act was amended to become Veterans Day, honoring American veterans of all wars.Today we would like to thank all service members who have served and who are currently serving, for their patriotism, sacrifice, love of country and willingness to serve.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 11, 2016.last_img read more

The Cooperative Extension System as a Force Multiplier for Communities

first_img What is a force multiplier?Force multiplication, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes that dramatically increases the effectiveness of an item or group, giving a given number of troops (or other personnel) or hardware the ability to accomplish greater things than without it. The expected size increase required to have the same effectiveness without that advantage is the multiplication factor. For example, if a certain technology like GPS enables a force to accomplish the same results of a force five times as large but without GPS, then the multiplier is five. Such estimates are used to justify an investment cost for force multipliers. 1 Examples of force multipliers in the military include: training/experience, morale, mobility, technology, and geographic features.Although the term was coined for military use, force multipliers can come in many forms – such as a hammer multiplying a physical force, allowing a nail to be driven into something solid, or a social media platform that allows a voice to be heard by thousands of people for little to no effort. Force multipliers are often expensive, the more effective they are, the higher the investment to access the force multiplier. Factory production and distribution systems are large scale force multipliers that make it possible to deliver value to thousands of paying customers in a very short time.2 The costs to these systems are high but allow capabilities that would be otherwise out of reach. Investing in force multipliers often frees up time, energy and allows one to focus attention elsewhere.In the realm of community capacity building, there are often organizations within a community that act or have great potential to act as force multipliers. Land-grant system and subsequently, the Cooperative Extension System, are great examples of this.A Brief History of Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension SystemTo provide some background, in 1862 under the Morrill Act, each state was given public lands to be sold or used for a profit to create at least one land-grant college. The college would specifically focus on teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. In 1890, the Second Morrill Act was passed, which provided that federal funds be appropriated annually to each state to support their land grant college. Today, there is a land grant college or university in every U.S. state, territory and even the District of Columbia. The philosophy behind the appropriation of these funds is that each state would hold an institution that could act as the backbone of scientific research and at the same time disseminate the most current information through its educational programs.In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act was passed, which allowed the colleges to take on another function, the “extension”, which was designed to further extend the knowledge generated by the college out to the farms and consumers around the state. Extension was to be a cooperative activity between the federal government (through USDA) and the states. 3 The extension agents of this time could be found educating farmers on improved techniques to increase farm productivity, and investigating issues that were a risk to U.S. agriculture. It is also worth mentioning that a decade earlier (1902), 4-H was founded, and became a national organization with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act. The activities conducted by 4-H mirrored the education provided by the extension agents, extending the research based practices to youth in counties across the U.S.Cooperative Extension System, by CountyExtension TodayToday, the land-grant system and cooperative extension system continue to lead the way in providing access to current research and information across federal, state and county lines. The Cooperative Extension System has evolved significantly and may operate differently on the individual, local level, but their mission is the same: Extension provides non-formal education and learning activities to people throughout the country — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. It emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes.4 The role of Extension agents & educators has expanded beyond agriculture and mechanical arts, the Cooperative Extension System now has the resources and capacity for education in many content areas.Capacity Pools of Cooperative ExtensionTranslating Research into ActionUniversity faculty members, who are disciplinary experts, translate science-based research results into language — written, verbal, and electronic — appropriate for targeted audiences. County-based educators work with local citizens and interest groups to solve problems, evaluate the effectiveness of learning tools, and collect grassroots input to prioritize future research. By living and working in communities, county educators are able to rely on existing relationships to respond to local needs, build trust, and engage effectively with citizens.5ConclusionSo there you have it – the opportunity offered by the land-grant system and Cooperative Extension System are too great to pass up! Contact your county extension office today to find out how you can utilize this system as a force multiplier in your community!last_img read more

Finding Holiday Cheer in Your Heart Rather than Under the Tree

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Heart by rawpixel on March 18, 2017, CC0]The holiday season brings with it more than its fair share of joy, but the holidays can also be a very stressful and sometimes a depressing time for many people. The season has the tendency to magnify the entire emotional spectrum, resulting in possible increases in both positive and negative emotions (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). It is easy to feel pressured by the expectation to have fancy holiday celebrations with huge feasts, festive decorations, and dazzling gifts for all of your loved ones. Couple this with the possibility of intensified negative emotions such as sadness or guilt that can be brought on by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and you have a potential recipe for emotional spending (Young, 2014; Sathicq, 2017).What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?According to Young (2014), SAD is characterized by depressive-like symptoms that coincide reliably around the holiday season; these symptoms can be brought on by a variety of factors, such as sadness over being apart from family, but they manifest in ways so extreme that they make it difficult for those experiencing SAD to function normally. Young (2014) indicates that symptoms can manifest themselves in ways very similar to depression, but sometimes individuals may even experience anger and lash out at loved ones.Emotional Spending to CopeSathicq (2017) examines the ways in which emotions, specifically sadness and guilt, can influence emotional spending behavior. When sad, individuals may spend money buying something they believe will make them feel better. Sathicq indicates that this association solidifies early in our lives through the rewards our parents gave us to make us feel better when we were young, like an ice cream cone following a scraped knee. This quick gratification serves to distract us from the root cause of our sadness by offering a temporary boost in mood (Sathicq, 2017).One of the strongest influences of emotional spending is perhaps guilt. Sathicq (2017) provides the example of parents who do not get to spend as much time as they would like with their children due to their jobs compensating with material goods. The motivating factor behind this relationship, according to Sathicq, is shame, which results in extremely pervasive motivation to avoid or escape when experienced.SolutionsSathicq (2017) indicates that recognizing these emotions and the ways in which they affect your behavior can be a powerful tool for managing your spending. When feeling sad, consider if what you are buying will address the real problem or just provide a Band-Aid. For guilt, do not use expensive gifts as a way to remedy a mistake you’ve made; instead, apologize and commit to changing the behavior that led you to make the mistake (Sathicq, 2017).It’s All about ExpectationsIt is unavoidable to feel pressured during the holidays. However, perhaps one of the best techniques to ensure your emotions do not get the best of you is to adjust your expectations. You do not have to have the “perfect” holiday. Research suggests that holiday expectations rarely sync with reality, as individuals usually do not rate a holiday experience as good or as bad as they expected it to be (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). So, show yourself some mercy and understand that the holidays do not have to be “perfect” to be beloved.ReferencesA holiday advisory for your emotions. (2014). Harvard Women’s Health Watch, 22(3), 6.Sathicq, L. (2017). Are you an emotional spender? Good Health (Australia Edition), 62-64.last_img read more

Omega 3’s: EPA vs DHA Health Benefits

first_imgBy: Sarah Pittman BS in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOmega 3’s are essential fatty acids that are found in fish oils. These fatty acids are composed of two crucial components: EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated (polyunsaturated) fats that are found in cold-water fish. Both EPA and DHA help to maintain healthy function of the brain and retina regulate cell activity and healthy CVD function. They can also act as a source of energy, insulate the body from heat loss and cushion tissues and organs.EPA:Helps reduce cellular inflammationHelps reduce neuro-inflammation (depression, ADHD, brain trauma)Maintains a healthy cardiovascular systemUseful in the mental development of childrenMay be useful for burning excess fat before it gets storedHelps joint healthDHA:Helps reduce the entry of enlarged LDL particles into muscleCan decrease blood triglycerides and increase HDLEssential for a functional nervous systemFights inflammationSupports muscle recoveryCan lower blood pressureWhere can you find omega 3’s?AnchoviesBluefishHerringMackerelSalmonSardinesSturgeonLake troutTunaWith the wide range of health benefits that omega 3 fatty acids can provide, it is important to consider adding foods rich in omega 3’s to your diet!What are your favorite foods that are rich in omega 3’s? We would love to hear from you!Sources:Definition of Omega-3 fatty acids. MedicineNet. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) | EPA Benefits. Xtend-Life Natural Products. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fact Sheet. WebMD. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What’s the difference between EPA, DHA & ALA?. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.What Are the Real Differences Between EPA and DHA?. Psychology Today. Published 2018. Accessed December 28, 2018.last_img read more

Permanent Change of Station Information and Resources

first_imgby Vickie LaFolletteProgram Analyst, Children, Youth and Families, Department of DefenseThis is the time of year where military families are moving to their next duty station. As military service providers, we are aware this can be a challenging, stressful and yet exciting time for our military families.It can be stressful as they leave familiar homes, neighbors, support systems, schools, churches and the like. It can be a challenge as they receive orders, schedule movers to transport belongings; and schedule flights for overseas destinations or drive cross country to their next duty station.Sometimes we focus on the challenges versus the exciting times which may lay ahead such as: exploring new countries or states, meeting new neighbors and work colleagues as well as building/enhancing personal or professional skills.We know that connecting our military families to services, programs, information and resources is invaluable as they navigate the moving process and succeed in their new journey. Many of our families, potentially new or young military families, may not be familiar with the below list of resources. This list is not all inclusive — let us know of other resources you’d add.(1) Military & Family Support Centers provide information, resources and assistance – related to finances employment, relocations and moving with a family member with special needs(2) MilitaryINSALLATIONS provides important information, contacts and links about installations.(3) Plan My Move is a companion to MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and provides customizable tools, resources and checklists.(4) Military OneSource has many sources of information, especially on the moving page. Check out the benefits and resources sections.(5) is the Department of Defense’s global website for managing one’s move(6) Installation housing offices and provide assistance and information on housing options(7) sign up for childcare before you arrive at your next duty station School Liaison Officers assist parents and children as they transition to a new school settings(9) Defense Travel Management Office provides information on allowance tables, per diem and tools to help plan moves(10) Military Kids Connect is an online community specifically for children ages 6-17(11) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) offers support and resources for military spouses looking for employment and education opportunitiesMs. LaFollette works for the Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Department of Defense. She also plays an important role as a team member of the Military Families Learning Network- Family Transitions concentration area.last_img read more

What Is A Vectorscope? A Premiere Pro Tutorial

first_imgFrom this – about a third of the way down – click on the word ‘Vectorscope’ to get the following circular graph:VectorscopeObviously, your vectorscope will be different than mine, as you will be looking at a different piece of footage.Reading a VectorscopeOK, so what are we looking at?  The first thing to point out is that a vectorscope has similarities to a color wheel (as can be seen from this color wheel from the Fast Color Corrector effect):Fast Color Corrector Color WheelA color wheel shows ‘Hue’ in terms of 360 degrees starting at red and going around the circle to end up back at red again. The vectorscope is also displaying color in the same places as seen in this color wheel, with red to the top left, cyan to the bottom right etc. So when we see a line or dot in the vectorscope we can quickly see that it is giving us information about the color or ‘chrominance’ of a shot. This information is essentially the ‘Hue’ (or the specific color) and the ‘Saturation’ (or the strength of that hue) of the colors in your shot.The vectorscope shows us how strong a particular color is by the length of the line out from the middle of the wheel. The longer the line, the stronger (or more saturated) the color!All vectorscopes have small color targets:Target Points on a Vectorscope (Magenta and Blue)These vectorscope points are linked with a little drop-down that has is essential to reading the scope:Vectorscope Drop-Down The default is set at 75%. What this means is that when you look at the two little targets in the vectorscope, the little box in the outer most target represents 75% saturation of a given color. For typical broadcast systems you should not go over that 75% limit as that will probably take you into what is called ‘illegal’ colors or ‘non-broadcast safe’ colors.As always, you should check with your customer for their delivery specifications, but as a rule of thumb don’t go over 75%.However, if the drop-down has been set at 100% then both of these little targets change with the inner box now being the 75% point and the outer box being the 100% (or total saturation) point.Let’s take a look at how this translates when working with a video image in Premiere Pro. Start by creating an ‘HD Bars and Tone’ by either selecting it from the new items icon or by going to File > New > HD Bars and Tone …Then drop this item onto the ‘New Items Icon’ to create a sequence with it.  Now, have a look at the vectorscope:HD Bars and Tone Readout in the VectorscopeAs you can see, little points of green light are placed at the 75% point for some items as well as at what would be the 100% point for others. Using color bars in conjunction with a vectorscope is actually a really great way to calibrate any reference monitors or displays that you may have attached to your system!  In this instance the colors are represented just as dots because they are set colors and not gradients.Let’s try adding a gradient ‘Ramp’ effect to a piece of footage.  Change the ramp end colors as shown below (pure saturated red and white) …Ramp End Colors… your vectorscope will look like this:Vectorscope Looking at a RampNote that this scope is set up to see 100% and that the end of the ramp which used saturated red is at the 100% target in the scope. However, as the color gets less saturated the line moves to the centre of the graph.Also note also that this has nothing to do with brightness. I could have set the end of the ramp at pure black and the graph would have looked exactly the same.You can also see an ‘Intensity’ option in the Premiere Pro vectorscope (default being 50%). However, this is only to do with the brightness of the display of the graph and will not affect your clips in any way.Skin Tones & the VectorscopeOne really useful feature of the Premiere Pro vectorscope is the often used ‘Skin Tone Line’. This is the line on the scope between the Red and the Yellow sections at about the 10:30 or 11 o’clock position:Skin Tone LineThe skin tone line in the vectorscope represents the color of blood flowing through human skin.  Regardless of the ethnicity of the person you’re filming, you can use this line to check the accurate representation of their skin tone color.  The closer their skin tone appears to this line the more accurate the video image is to ‘real life’.The problem, of course, is how to just look at the skin tones in a shot, when there are so many other colors in the image?  The trick then to color correcting skin tones in Premiere Pro is to use a garbage matte.  First, access the garbage matte:Video Effects > Keying > Four-Point or Eight-Point or Sixteen-Point Garbage Matte.If you apply this to the video clip you can then click on the name of the effect or the small icon next to the effect as shown below …Icon to click to get points to adjust in the program monitorThen pull the points so that they just cover skin of the person in your shot.Adjusting the PointsPoints Just Covering SkinOnce you’ve done this, have a look at your Premiere Pro vectorscope and see how close the end result is to that skin tone line:Vectorscope Looking at Just SkinAs you can see, this has ended up very close to the line.  To move it, all I would have to do is apply the ‘Fast Color Corrector’ and tweak the ‘Hue angle’ until it is exactly over the line.Hue Angle AdjustmentAs you can see, the Premiere Pro vectorscope is a really useful tool to show you if your colors are broadcast safe, as well as providing an accurate representation of skin tones in your video image.  However, before you make adjustments to your skin tones make sure that you have done other tasks such as white balancing your clips and basic color correction.  Skin tone adjustment should really be a task done towards the end of the color correction process rather than at the start.Although the vectorscope is important for determining the hue and saturation of colors within a shot, don’t forget to let your eyes help you in this process.  If it looks odd after you’ve made a change, chances are it is odd!  So, make a change, look away and then come back and check again.Got color correction tips to share?We want to hear from you in the comments. The vectorscope is an essential video scope for color grading or color correction work.  In this post, we’ll examine how to use a vectorscope in Premiere Pro when tweaking skin tones and color correcting footage.Like most video editing apps, Adobe Premiere Pro offers several video scopes to aid in post production.  Video scopes provide quantitative data about the properties of a video image – much more detailed information than we can garner with our own eyes.  Plus, everyone sees differently, so using a video scope is the only way to get an accurate assessment of the color and exposure of an image.In this post, we’ll focus specifically on the vectorscope in Premiere Pro – where to locate it in the app and how to use it to improve your video image. Let’s jump in…Accessing the Premiere Pro VectorscopeProbably the best way to look at the ‘Vectorscope’ (apart from launching the ‘Reference Monitor’ as a floating window) is to use the Premiere Pro Color Correction workspace. To get this setup go to Window > Workspace > Color Correction.  Then access the reference monitor (it should be directly below your program monitor unless, of course, you have customized your workspace in some way).At first, the reference monitor displays composite video.  However, if you click on the small icon (shown below) you can access the setting for the panel and then choose from a wide range of video scopes.Spanner Icon – ‘Settings’last_img read more

Speed Up Your Color Workflow Using Scene Cut Detection

first_imgDaVinci Resolve’s Scene Cut Detection function chops a single file into multiple shots. Here’s how to how to use this time-saving feature.Colorists occasionally work on projects that only exist as a single file with no accompanying project or EDL. It may also be easier to grade a single file when working with a previously conformed spot, a reel, or in scenarios where the client is located remotely and it’s not practical to upload gigabytes of material.DaVinci Resolve’s Scene Cut Detection function can analyze a single file and chop it into multiple shots based on where it believes there are cuts in the program. This important feature saves hours of time from finding edit points manually. Let’s look into how to use this feature.Before importing the single movie file in question, locate it in the Media Storage and right-click it. Select Scene Cut Detection.Once you find the file that needs to be chopped up, right-click it and select Scene Cut Detection.A window appears with several options. Click Auto Scene Detect in the lower left. Resolve will try to locate all of the cuts within the piece, which may take a little while depending on the speed of your computer and the piece’s duration.After analysis, a bunch of lines are created across the timeline. The length of the line corresponds to how confident Resolve is in determining a cut. The purple line that cuts across the interface is your tolerance bar, which will include any lines above this line and exclude those below it. You can drag this tolerance bar to include or exclude shots.Once Resolve has analyzed the video file, the interface will resemble the image below. The green lines denote where Resolve thinks cuts occur. The purple line is the tolerance bar; all vertical lines above this bar will be included; those below will be greyed out and excluded. More on the image thumbnails below.Here, Resolve is not as confident about the first green cut but is much more certain about the following cuts. It’s good practice to check each of the cut points to make sure those are actual cuts.Scene Cut Detection is fantastic but not flawless. Always check the analysis by clicking through each of the edits by scrolling through them on the right-hand side.The right side of the interface displays all of the cuts Resolve is prepared to make to the main video file. It’s good practice to check the automated analysis.You can tell if an edit is accurate by the three frames that appear on the upper portion of the screen. This shows the frame before the edit point, as well as the two frames that come after. This interface makes it easy to evaluate if shots have ended or if Resolve has made a mistake. Be sure to especially check the shorter vertical lines above the tolerance bar, as Resolve is less sure of these.Resolve shows the cut point between the first two thumbnails and the following frame to provide a visual representation of each cut point. Below is an example of correct edit point detection by Resolve.Resolve may misinterpret cuts during camera flashes, very fast motion, or when objects pass in front of the frame. In these cases you can use the Add and Delete buttons as needed to create or remove edits. To remove a whole section of bad edit points, set your In and Out points using the markers or the I and O keys and click the Prune button, denoted by the scissors icon.By evaluating the three frame layout, we discover an incorrect scene detection has created an unnecessary edit. This is why it’s important to check Resolve’s analysis. Click the Delete button (circled in blue) or use the Prune tool (also circled in blue) after setting Ins and Outs to remove a range of bad edit points.When every edit point has been checked, click Add Cuts to Media Pool in the lower right, which will create multiple short clips of the larger project.The media in our Master bin shows the slices of the original video file. Each clip’s timecode ends where the next one picks up.During grading, if it’s discovered a scene has been missed, navigate to the Edit page and use Razor Edit Mode to separate the clip into two sections.Razor Edit Mode can create additional edits if you miss some.Was this DaVinci Resolve tip helpful? Got any workflow advice for your fellow colorists? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

How to Make Corporate Videos More Cinematic

first_imgWho said corporate videos have to be boring? Engage your audience by taking a more cinematic approach to corporate videos.A lot of people glaze over immediately when they hear the words corporate video. It’s understandable. A lot of corporate videos are exceptionally bland and lifeless. But that doesn’t have to be the case. To ensure your client’s video breaks through the boredom barrier, you need to add cinematic quality to the production. Let’s look at a few tips that can help make your next corporate video project stand above the rest.1. Shoot RAW at 24 Frames Per SecondFor the best possible image, don’t compress it by using a codec. Instead, capture it using RAW. This will give you much more flexibility in post with your image. Also, use 24fps instead of 30fps, as all major motion pictures are shot using 24fps. By utilizing these two basic settings right out of the gate, you’re putting yourself in a great position to capture cinematic footage before you even start rolling.Video via Apple2. Add Dynamic Movement to Your Shots“Dynamic” is certainly not a word that most people associate with corporate videos. Utilizing camera movement is a fantastic way to transform a drab promotional piece into a dynamic marketing tool. This can be done by using a dolly, steadicam, dolly, crane, jib, or even a drone. The key is to have motivation for your movement. Here is a great example of utilizing movement to enhance your corporate video.Video via Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing3. Make Use of Shallow Depth of FieldBy adding movement, we’re able to ramp up the cinematic style of the video. Another way to do this: using shallow depth of field. Think back to all of the films you’ve watched. What’s one component of those films that you can easily pick out? It’s those moments where you get a shallow depth of field shot. You can’t capture this effectively with a wide angle lens, so you’ll need to utilize a prime or telephoto lens.Video via Daimler AG4. Utilize Dynamic LightingAs any good cinematographer can tell you, dynamic lighting is the key to capturing a truly cinematic image. While the concept of lighting can seem a little overwhelming, it’s really a lot simpler than you think. In fact, we’ve covered this very subject here at PremiumBeat. You don’t need to be a certified lighting expert or have a massive budget to capture great lighting… just get your hands on some LEDs. You’ll be able to create some amazing moods and tones for your next shoot, as seen in the video below.Video via Flytech Corporation5. Add a Cinematic Color GradeNow that you’re filming in RAW, using 24fps, and adding dynamic movement and lighting, there’s really only one more thing to do in order to give your corporate video a cinematic flare — color correction and grading. Utilize such assets as Magic Bullet from Red Giant or take the time to learn simple grading techniques in DaVinci Resolve. Any of these options will help turn your client’s corporate video into a cinematic work of art.Video via Google6. Make it Sound CinematicOne key ingredient to any video production is the musical score. Music (or the lack there of) can make or break your video, so you should spend time looking at resources like PremiumBeat to find the right sound for your client’s video. Having a solid soundtrack underneath a corporate video can help set the mood and tone. This will definitely help keep your audience engaged. Got any tips for making corporate videos stand out? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.last_img read more

Don’t Blink: A New Age of Micro-Documentary Filmmaking is Dawning

first_imgHave any tips or tricks for micro-documentary filmmaking? Let us know in the comments below. While digital attention spans shrink, documentary filmmakers must adapt. Learn how you can be at the forefront of micro-documentary filmmaking.Cover image via Ali Withers/Ricky Phan.Breaking into documentary filmmaking is difficult. Making a name for yourself is just as hard. But fear not. A new age of digital documentary filmmaking is dawning that will give rise to a new generation of micro-documentary filmmakers.These micro-docs, which often pop up on Facebook feeds, target online content consuming audiences. Let’s explore how you can master this burgeoning art form.Background in the Micro-ArtsCreative artists in the internet content age have had to embrace new social media. For example, online communities re-popularized very short, very direct stories called “flash fiction” or “micro-fiction.” This piece, inspired by a micro story allegedly by Ernest Hemingway, appeared in The New Yorker.Image via Wikipedia. While the story may or may not be Hemingway’s, its influence has been quite profound in the online content consuming culture — a culture that is itself quickly adapting to keep up with the growing speed at which consumers view (and are distracted by) content.A Shorter Digital Attention SpanImage via Contently.Consider this: while people are spending more time consuming content online, they’re actually spending less time concentrating on individual articles, videos, or images (read: memes) than ever before, according to QZ and Hubspot.As such, video producers are constantly fighting to create content that is shorter, quicker to the punch, and more engaging to catch consumers during their feed scrolling binges. Depending on your attitude and skill sets, this is not necessarily a bad thing.I’d argue that it actually opens doors for up-and-coming filmmakers, videographers, and documentarians to create short, impactful micro-documentary videos for niche, diverse, and more targeted audiences. Disagree? Maybe, but I’m not the only one making this argument.The Feature-Length FallacyIn an article for PBS and their POV documentary channel, Edward J. Delaney presents his “feature-length fallacy” argument based on his conclusion that “many documentaries would be a lot better if they were a lot shorter.” Delaney, who has viewed thousands of documentaries during his time on film festival panels and grant competitions, came to this realization from two different directions.One, as he states, comes from documentary filmmakers’ desires to “stretch” or “pad” their films to get to that feature film length, which film society tells them they need to reach to be “professional” documentary filmmakers and “graduate” from short films.The second reason has to do with how we are starting to consume documentary media. “Watching a film on my iPad or iPod is rarely a continuous event, but rather a series of bouts. Watching a 30-minute documentary on a laptop feels longer than watching a 60-minute doc on my flatscreen,” says Delaney as he encourages documentarians to find a film’s “natural length” over any presupposed ideal time slots.So, whether you’re won over or not, let’s explore what makes micro-documentaries successful and how you, as an up-and-coming micro-documentarian can advance in the new medium.The Importance of Capturing an Audience’s Attention QuicklyAs you can see in the micro-documentary above, Rotatio by Ian McClerin, it’s important to quickly jump into your story. Documentaries can, at times, rely heavily on slow-moving exposition and long text-on-screen title cards to slowly bring an audience up to speed. If you’re creating content that is five minutes long (or less), there is very little time to let information stagnate. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t still be creatively artistic and subtle.Rotatio does a great job of subtly giving you just about all the information that you need in the first two shots. We have a handheld slide with rack focus camera move that shows the setting (as much of it as you need for the doc) followed by a close-up on the subject as she explains what she’s working on. By the time we see close-ups on various parts of her art piece, we’re hooked — all in under twenty seconds.Focus on One Subject in One Point in TimeLet’s use the micro-documentary above, The Junk King by Evan Burns, as an example. This Vimeo Staff Pick teaches a great lesson in simplicity and focus on subject, time, and space. The heart of the story is the subject, Vince Hannemann, a.k.a. the “Junk King,” and his Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas. It simply focuses on Hannemann and his creation as they exist at the time of the film.A longer or feature-length documentary would need to fill out a fuller history of the creation and its context into a greater theme. However, for its micro-documentary audience, all we really need to see and explore is the space itself and what makes our character tick — which Burns does beautifully in a quick six minutes.Let Other Platforms Tell The Rest of the StoryOne of the great things about digital filmmaking and online distribution is that it encourages more engagement. Traditionally, viewers would only see a documentary in a theater, then they would discuss it over dinner and more or less forget it.However, as we see with the growing success of take-action documentaries and online campaigns, a micro-documentary film can often be the first point of what is a much longer and built-out digital process.Take the Founding a Startup micro-documentary by BCIC-New Ventures. It briefly tells the story of four successful tech entrepreneurs in British Columbia and how a new ventures program helped them. Yes, the film is branded, targeted marketing, but it demonstrates a cycle with a micro-documentary as the first part in an orchestrated, multi-channel campaign.Micro-Documentary ResourcesImage: Fredrick Wiseman’s crew before filming National Gallery, via DVDExotica.All things considered, feature and long-form documentaries are not necessarily a thing of the past. In fact, they are still quite viable and can be great goals to aim for completing. The new age of micro-documentaries indicates only the first steps into what could be a greater space for filmmakers to occupy as digital platforms continue to grow.If you’re interested in wading into the waters and trying your hand at micro-documentary filmmaking, here are some great documentary-focused resources to help you on your journey.A Complete Guide to Documentary FilmmakingHow to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsThings to Remember When Picking Music for A Documentary Filmlast_img read more

What Leadership Looks Like

first_imgMy friend Tom told me a story about his best friend growing up. His friend joined the Army after high school. It was there that he ran into the meanest, foulest human being he had ever encountered during his young life, his Gunnery Sergeant. He was there to break the young men who had enlisted down and build them into soldiers.Each day, the Gunnery Sergeant would drill the men under his charge. He worked them hard, and he didn’t give them a moment of peace. He was always there, always challenging them. Late in the day, after everyone had had enough and all were both mentally and physically exhausted, he would start challenging them. He’d start by calling them names and telling them how soft they were, that they weren’t fit to serve in his Army. He’d curse at them, belittle them, and make personal attacks on individuals straight to their faces. And then, he would make the ask.He’d say, “Which one of you wants to come up here and tangle with me?” He’d continue, “Doesn’t any of you want to give the old man a go? C’mon, let’s see what you’ve got?” He told them to, “Step up. Take one step forward.”This abuse went on for weeks. Everyone had had enough, but no one wanted to fight the Gunnery Sergeant. One day, he issued the same challenge he’d issued for days and days before. He pushed a couple times, and Tom’s best friend stepped forward and said, “I’ll do it.”No one could believe what they had just seen. He stepped up to take on a challenge which came with a very low chance of success, and a very high probability of being physically hurt by someone who was clearly better prepared for this sort of contest.The Gunnery Sergeant turned to Tom’s best friend and pointed at him. He said, “There’s your squad leader,” and he turned and walked off the field. He wasn’t looking for a fight. He was trying to determine which of his soldiers would lead under the worst of circumstances.Here in the United States, it is Memorial Day, where we honor those who were lost serving their Country. All of them stepped into a situation knowing that their lives may be lost, including my Uncle, Frances Xavier DeVille who was lost in Vietnam in 1969. My wife’s Grandfather wasn’t killed in WWII, but he was a ball turret gunner in a B17 and was shot down over Germany, where he served 80 days as a POW before escaping.Thank you to all who served their country, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others.last_img read more

Woman shot for saying no to proposal

first_imgA young woman was shot dead by a man at Jeypore in Koraput district on Monday for turning down his marriage proposal.According to police sources, B. Pinky (21) was shot dead by Ajit Khora on the terrace of her house around 6 p.m. The accused was caught by relatives and neighbours and ruthlessly beaten up before being handed over to the police. The revolver used in the crime was also handed over to the police.Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Jeypore Rajendra Senapati said as per initial investigation the accused happened to be the son of an uncle of the deceased. It is alleged that he had been trying to woo Pinky for a long time, but she resisted his advances. It is not clear from where Ajit procured the arm and ammunition.last_img

Omar slams Centre

first_imgNational Conference leader Omar Abdullah, addressing a youth convention on Tuesday, said the Centre’s unfortunate failure to reach out and build bridges of reconciliation with the youth had created a political vacuum.Addressing a youth convention in Srinagar, Mr. Abdullah attributed the looming uncertainty and confrontational approach of the PDP-BJP government for “the sense of despair and hopelessness among the youth”. “In this grim atmosphere, our youth is being robbed of their right to dream of a dignified and prosperous future – which is a travesty,” said Mr. Abdullah.Trust deficitThe former CM said youth were also living with a sense of betrayal. “Promises were made during the elections and votes for sought for specific purposes. The same promises were then bartered without any inhibitions for personal and familial political empowerment of a few people while our hard working, honest and sincere young men and women were let down and left to the mercy of uncertainty and turmoil. “Due to this treachery, the trust deficit has been further widened,” he said.last_img read more

High Court restrains Rajasthan government from increasing quota

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Thursday restrained the Bharatiya Janata Party government from implementing the provisions of a Bill passed in the State Assembly last month, by which it increased reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 21% to 26%. This is a setback to the government’s effort to give quota benefits to Gujjars.The Bill, passed on October 26, created the “most backward” category within the OBCs for providing reservation to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities in government employment and educational institutions.The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, gave 5% reservation to the Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya communities. With its passage, reservation in Rajasthan stood at 54%, exceeding the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court.Also Read  A Division Bench at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench sought to know from Advocate-General Narpat Mal Lodha whether the State government wanted to enforce the Bill’s provisions even while the matter regarding the quota given earlier was pending in the Supreme Court. The court said the State government should obtain permission from the Supreme Court before going ahead with the new arrangement.“Instead of bringing piecemeal legislation, why doesn’t the government get the Constitution amended,” observed the Bench, comprising Justices K.S. Jhaveri and V.K. Vyas, while hearing a writ petition moved by Ganga Sahai Sharma challenging the Bill. The court said the State government was trying to take a “populist view” in the matter.Gujjars and others were earlier grouped as a special backward class and the State government had tried thrice to grant 5% reservation to them. However, the legislation was struck down every time by the High Court, which ruled that the quota had not only exceeded the 50% limit, but was also not supported by the quantifiable data supporting the claim of Gujjars’ backwardness.Following an agitation by Gujjars, the BJP government assured them that the revised OBC quota would be split to grant 5% quota to the “most backward classes”. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said while replying to a debate on the Bill in the Assembly that reservation had been enhanced in proportion to increase in the State’s OBC population, which was “legally permissible”.Mr. Sharma contended in his public interest litigation plea that the issuance of a notification under the new Bill would create complications, as it would result in giving employment against vacancies which would create third party rights and give rise to multiple litigation.The State government has maintained that as per the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Indra Sawhney case, special circumstances exist in Rajasthan for giving reservation to the OBCs beyond the 50% ceiling. The State OBC Commission has recommended quota to the communities classified as OBCs, which comprise 52% of the State’s population.The Congress reacted sharply to the State government’s failure to defend its move in the High Court. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP government, which lacked the political will to give quota to Gujjars, had not taken any step to get this and the previous Bills included in Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. Rajasthan govt. grants quota for Gujjars last_img read more

First resolve conflict within us: Tassaduq Mufti

first_img“The people in J&K need to first iron out issues within, and the larger Kashmir issue needs an incremental solution,” said Tassaduq Mufti, newly appointed Minister in the Mehbooba Mufti Cabinet, in an interview with The Hindu.“The Kashmir issue needs an incremental solution. Providing good governance is also a step towards it. We also need to first resolve the conflict within us. As long as we hurl brickbats at each other, we are not going anywhere. I think we also need to debate on issues like mountains, glaciers and the air for which people come here,” the 45-year-old brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said.A cinematographer, he described his joining the State politics as a huge responsibility. “I don’t take politics the way it is popularly taken. For me, it is public service. I have not contested any elections yet. But yes, if public contact and awareness of problems at the grassroots level are the parameters, then I think I am already fully into politics now.”For dialogueBacking New Delhi’s move to engage separatists, especially the Hurriyat, he said: “Every voice should be heard and spoken to. It does no harm to hold talks within the parameters or outside it.”He also advocated opening Kashmir to the outside world. “The Silk Route has brought certain things that we are are proud of as Kashmiris. The Silk Route narrative has to pick up again because there are amazing possibilities if Kashmir opens up to Central Asia, etc. There is need to open up markets and exchange know-hows. People should get to travel here and we must get to travel there. There are parts of Central Asia where we can get back to the roots of our incredible architecture. It will be a great learning,” he said. On the development issues confronting J&K, the PDP leader said, “We spend a lot of money but our outcomes are not commensurate. Development programmes have to make real impact on the quality of life. There is a huge grievance in health care and education. We need to set standards. Certain capacity building and know-how has to come in to get out of the mess we are in.”Mr. Mufti said Srinagar’s population density was much less than Amsterdam’s, which was full of tourists all the time despite facing far greater challenges. “We need to make public places for people and have certain order in our functioning. This city or State needs block by block redevelopment plan. We need area-based development. We have government structures on wetlands, even universities. It’s madness.” Past roleBeing the coordinator of the Chief Minister Grievance Cell, he said his thrust was to promote a public debate on urbanisation, environmental conservation, heritage, solid waste management and sustainable tourism.“We have a huge number of people working in the tertiary sector, which is no skill. There is lack of skills in both old traditional craft work which has come down to us over the centuries, and new skills. We want to create success stories,” he said.last_img read more

Children unwitting victims of Kashmir conflict

first_img Twenty-seven children died to due drowning either caused due to the negligence of armed forces in the Wular lake tragedy or on being chased by government forces during a protest, the report said. Injured protesters fill J&K hospitals At least 318 children have been killed in J&K in around 14 years — from 2003 up to 2017 — and constitute 6.95% of the casualties in the ongoing conflict in the State, according to a study by the J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS).Also Read 12 militants killed in multiple operations in south Kashmir  The report, titled ‘Terrorized: Impact of Violence on the Children of Jammu and Kashmir’, claims that children (less than 17 years old) “were not viewed differently by armed forces” and have been targeted as part of the offensive. At least 144 children were killed by the security forces and the State police, “which alone accounts for 44.02% of the total [number of] children killed”.“Most of the children, at least 110 of them, killed in state violence were shot dead in different incidents of violence, and not less than eight children died due to injuries inflicted from pellet shot-guns fired by government forces,” the report recorded.Also Readlast_img read more

Prove majority: Goa BJP to Congress

first_imgThe Goa BJP on Wednesday ridiculed the Congress for it decision to approach the President to demand a full-fledged chief minister.Goa BJP spokesperson Dattaprasad Naik said at a press conference that the government was working perfectly with the arrangement put in place by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “It is wrong for the Congress to keep demanding that the Governor give them a chance to form a government. The BJP challenges them to first prove their legislative strength.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet Advisory Committee appointed in Mr. Parrikar’s absence has been granted a third extension till June 30.last_img

10-year-old pays with his life for plucking mangoes in Bihar

first_imgSatyam Kumar, a 10-year old boy, was shot in the head allegedly for plucking mangoes from an orchard in Khagaria district of Bihar. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon. The boy, a native of Shergarh village, was said to be plucking mangoes with other children in an orchard in the neighboring village Pathraha. He suddenly fell down after being hit in his head by a bullet. Hearing the gun shot, other children fled from the spot and informed the villagers about it, said the police. Satyam Kumar was rushed to the Sadar (town) Hospital of Khagaria by his father and other villagers, but doctors declared him brought dead.Makuni Yadav, Satyam Kumar’s father, accused the watchman of the orchard Ramashish Yadav for shooting his son dead. “My son’s only crime was that he plucked a few mangoes from the orchard of Badho Chaudhury,” Mr. Makuni Yadav said. Soon after the incident hundreds of villagers gathered at the spot and demanded immediate action against the accused.The police have registered case against two persons and also detained a few others for questioning.last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Prime Minister who imbibed ‘Kashmiriyat’

first_imgMainstream and separatist leaders on Thursday remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as “the lone leader in New Delhi who shunned the beaten track and looked at the Kashmir problem from a humanistic standpoint and not through the military prism for the first time in the past many decades”.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq recalls his first meeting with Vajpayee in 1997 in New Delhi when he struck a chord immediately. “I still remember his words from our first meeting: ‘Aghar alaag bhi hona hai, bhaiyoon ki tarah hongee [Even if we have to separate, it has to be like brothers parting ways],” the Mirwaiz told The Hindu. ‘He let us talk to Pak.’Crediting him with opening “a new chapter of hope in 2005 in Kashmir”, the Mirwaiz said his government at the Centre facilitated our leaders’ visit to Pakistan. “He looked at Kashmir from the humanistic prism and not the military one. He even started educating the Indian masses on Kashmir, all alone. First time, we were allowed to talk to Pakistan. He believed that representatives of Kashmir should be given space to talk,” he said.The Mirwaiz believes his political legacy still carries a window of opportunity. “Unfortunately, his policy was rolled back by the present regime. It’s again the old approach that Kashmir is to be dealt with through the barrel of a gun. This regime buried Vajpayee’s legacy unceremoniously,” the Mirwaiz added.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhtar said Vajpayee stunned his own Cabinet colleagues and senior officials from Delhi when he decided to extend a hand of friendship to Pakistan from the soil of Jammu and Kashmir in 2003. “Mufti Muhammad Sayeed accompanied him from the airport to the venue in Srinagar. He listened to Mr. Sayeed’s approach patiently and decided to change his speech and reach out to Pakistan immediately,” Mr. Akhtar said.National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah, in a joint statement, said, “Vajpayee’s golden words on Kashmir would be remembered for all times to come,” referring to his famous phrase of resolving the Kashmir issue within the ambit of humanity.“His template is for others to follow and imbibe. He still remains as one of the few politicians who have a huge fan following in Kashmir,” Dr. Abdullah said.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti described him as “a crusader of peace who understood Kashmir and initiated a series of confidence building measures.” “He will be remembered for not following the beaten track.” From mainstream to separatist parties, Mr. Vajpayee’s phrases like resolve the Kashmir problem within ‘Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat’ still find resonance across the board.last_img read more